by Kathleen McKinley | January 5, 2010 7:59 am
It took George Bush eight years and two wars to get here:
 (via Wizbang)
Liberals may be forgiven for looking at the latest public opinion surveys and wondering if they somehow stumbled into the Valley of Death instead of Obama’s promised paradise. The president remains somewhat popular personally, but, as Matthew Continetti of The Weekly Standard wrote recently, “Obama’s domestic program is exceedingly unpopular. The public disapproves of the president’s bailouts, stimulus, health care reform, and cap and trade policies, not to mention his decision to close the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay.” That Continetti was perhaps too kind is seen in this stunning fact: When George W. Bush returned, bloodied and bruised, to his Texas home after eight years in the White House, 43 percent of Americans surveyed by Scott Rasmussen “strongly disapproved” of the job he had done. Today, after less than a year in office, 46 percent express the same intense level of opposition to Obama.
I really don’t take as much pleasure in this as you might think. It makes me rather sad actually. Since Obama is still personally popular, you might think that it would occur to the administration that their policies are not what the American people want.
The thing is…I don’t think they care what the American people want. This is what they want. This is what they think is best for the country, and American’s silly wants come secondary to that. They really do see us as children, and they know best. It’s their turn at the helm. They have the power, and they are going to do what they have always dreamed of, and take as much governmental control as possible.
Power can make one mad, I suppose.
The thing that many on the left may not be considering is that all that control will inevitably be in the hands of Republicans one day. The shoe being on the other foot might cause some blisters I think.
That is why the Tea Parties don’t care who is control, Republican or Democrat, we simply want a government of the people again. We want limited government. Period.
I don’t think our government realizes the depth of anger out here in America about all this. I don’t think they see the frustration. There is a different kind of revolution brewing.
If I were a Republican politician I wouldn’t be too smugly happy over Obama’s and the Democrats poll numbers either.
Come 2012 Republicans might be given one more chance to redeem themselves. One more chance to be the party that gets the government off our backs. To adhere to the constitution, and give liberty back to the states. But I can promise you, we will not sit back and let the Republicans do what they did for the last eight years, which was spend and spend some more, watching government grow on their watch, fattening up themselves at the government’s teat.
crossposted at KathleenMcKinley.com
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